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Aaron Gillane pictured above (centre) says, "Sudden Cardiac Death is a condition that can affect anyone and having a listening ear and a team of support around you makes all the difference." Aaron Gillane pictured above (centre) says, "Sudden Cardiac Death is a condition that can affect anyone and having a listening ear and a team of support around you makes all the difference."

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Limerick Hurler Aaron Gillane Is Encouraging Those Affected By Sudden Cardiac Death To Call The CRY Helpline

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Limerick hurler Aaron Gillane pictured above (centre) says, “Sudden Cardiac Death is a condition that can affect anyone and having a listening ear and a team of support around you makes all the difference.”

Aaron Gillane is encouraging people to avail of the CRY Helpline

Limerick Hurler Aaron Gillane is a CRY (Cardiac Risk in the Young) Ireland ambassador and he is encouraging people to avail of the CRY Helpline. CRY Ireland recently launched a freephone service to support those grieving the loss of someone to Sudden Cardiac Death or those coping with a lifestyle change because of a diagnosis of an inherited cardiac condition.

CRY Ireland creates awareness of SCD, inherited cardiac conditions and supports those who have been affected by these conditions through the free access to cardiac assessments, bereavement counselling and family support programmes.


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Lucia Ebbs, CEO of CRY said “45% of people would rather keep feelings of grief to themselves than burden others around them according to a survey CRY conducted in 2020. As a result we have been working to create a service that offers a caring and listening ear to those that need it. Grief shouldn’t be dealt with alone and if you need someone to talk to, please don’t hesitate to The CRY Helpline from any of the 32 counties across Ireland.”

“Many of us here at CRY, including our team of trained helpline volunteers have experienced the loss of a loved one to sudden cardiac death and we truly understand the significance of having a listening ear and team of support around you, when coping with this loss. ”

Limerick hurler Aaron Gillane who is from Patrickswell commented,  “Sudden Cardiac Death is a condition that can affect anyone and having a listening ear and a team of support around you makes all the difference. I would encourage anyone who might be coping with the loss of someone to sudden cardiac death or inherited cardiac condition, to give CRY a call. They truly understand what you are going through.”

Promoting the new helpline alongside Aaron is CRY Trustee, Liam Herlihy and his son Sean Herlihy who lost their daughter and sister, Niamh, due to sudden cardiac death in 2011 at the age of 21. Liam, Sean and Aaron are encouraging anyone who has been affected and would like someone to talk to, to call the helpline.

The CRY Helpline service is available between the hours of 7-9pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10am to 12 noon on Wednesdays and 4-6pm on Sundays.

To call The CRY Helpline please call either of the following freephone numbers:

Republic of Ireland – 1800 714 080, Northern Ireland/UK – 00 44 80 0640 6280

About CRY: 

CRY Ireland is a self-supporting, Irish charity, which was founded in 2002 to provide both access for families in Ireland, north and south, bereaved by the sudden cardiac death of a young person, to free screening and emotional support services, in an empathetic environment and to support research into the prevention of sudden cardiac death. All services provided by CRY Ireland are free. 

CRY’s main objectives are: 

  • To provide access to free Clinical Assessment and Management to all families who have suffered, or are at risk of, a Sudden Cardiac Death.
  • To provide a Family Support Programme, offering free access to Listening Volunteers, Mentors and bereavement specialists.
  • To organise events, and provide access to information and networks.
  • To support research into the causes and prevention of sudden cardiac death, in collaboration with other like-minded bodies. 

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